BiLog: New V75 Cognos Integration Installation Guides
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Responding to your requests, two new Version 7.5 Cognos Integration Installation guides are now available. These guides were based off the original Version 7.5 installation guides, and detail the two different ways you can enable the Maximo Cognos Integration. These two different options are enabled by either using your existing license of Cognos Reporting, or through your utilization of Tivoli Common Reporting.
If you have Cognos Reporting Licenses, you can enable the Maximo Cognos Integration through the use of these licenses within the Maximo framework. You can then begin creating reports against the powerful Maximo data, along with any other relevant corporate data you may have. This integration is referred to as the Maximo Cognos Direct Integration.
For clients who don't have a Cognos Reporting License, with the V7 releases, you are entitled to Tivoli Common Reporting 2.1 Release, or TCR 2.1. TCR 2.1 includes the Cognos 8.4 Service Pack 1 Reporting Products. TCR is designed for Tivoli Cross Product reporting, and utilizes the Tivoli Integrated Portal (TIP) as its platform.
Utilizing TCR 2.1 enables you a license to the Cognos 8.4 SP1 Reporting products for Tivoli Software Products only. If you wish to use Cognos 8.4 SP 1 Reporting against other databases in your corporate environment, you would need to acquire additional licensing. Utilizing Cognos thru TCR, is referred to as the TCR Indirect integration.
Determining which integration option is best for you, depends on your unique business environment. For example, if you have existing Cognos licenses, utilizing the Maximo-Cognos direct integration will give you the most flexible, streamlined integration. However, if you do not have Cognos licenses, and utilize multiple Tivoli Products, utilizing TCR can enable you to begin working with the Cognos Reporting Products.
Due to the variations in the architecture of these two options, the two new integration installation guides were prepared. The two new guides detail the installation steps required for the integration, including the synchronization of the security groups, creation of Cognos namespaces, and publishing of Cognos metadata packages from within Maximo. Throughout the guide, are details on various logging features you can enable within Maximo, Cognos and your database, along with other troubleshooting techniques.
Before beginning the integration installation, please note that the person performing this must be very experienced and knowledgeable with both the Maximo architecture, and the Cognos Reporting Products. The integration installation requires in depth knowledge of Maximo Integration Applications, include Object Structures and End Points, as well as in depth knowledge in Cognos Administration Functionality, including defining data sources and creating namespaces.
The TCR Indirect Integration Installation instructions can be found here
and the Direct Integration Installation instructions can be found here
For additional information on the Maximo Cognos Integration, reference the previous BiLog, or a listing of Cognos FAQs here